Crime Prevention - Home Security
Home Security: How safe are you in your own
How do you get in your
If you were locked out of your house, would you still be able to get
in? Maybe you keep an unlocked window in the back, or a hidden key under
your mat, in a mailbox, or on top of a window ledge? Think about it, if
you can get in so can a burglar! The following are tips that can make
your home more secure, and reduce your chances of being a victim. These
tips will take just a small amount of your time, and money. Remember
that many burglars will spend no longer than 60 seconds to try to break
into a home. Good locks, and good neighbors who watch out for each other
can be big deterrents to burglars.
Did you know that in almost half of all completed residential
burglaries, thieves simply breezed in through unlocked windows or doors,
so it stands to reason to keep all your doors and windows locked when
you leave your home. Here are some tips to help make your home more
Make sure every external door has a sturdy,
well-installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks are not enough.
Sliding glass doors can offer easy access if they are not properly
secured. You can secure them by installing commercially available locks
or putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door. To
prevent the door from being lifted off the track, drill a hole through
the sliding door frame and the fixed frame, then insert a pin in the
Lock double-hung windows with key locks or "pin" windows by drilling
a small hole into a 45 degree angle between the inner and outer frames,
then insert a nail that can be removed. Secure basement windows with
grilles or grates.
Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your
home, give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.
When you move into a new house or apartment,
re-key all the locks.
A Lock on a flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car door
but leaving the window down. Keep the following in mind.
All outside doors should be metal or solid wood.
If your doors don't fit tightly in their frames,
install weather stripping around them.
Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors so you can
see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily
and don't keep out intruders.
Look at your home from the outside, Make sure you know the following
Thieves hate bright lights, install outside lights and keep them on
at night or install sensor lights that go on when any motion is detected
Keep your yard clean, prune back shrubbery so it doesn't hide doors
or windows. Cut back tree limbs that a thief could use to climb to an
upper level window.
Clearly display your house numbers so police and
other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
Leave shades, blinds, and curtains in normal
Don't let your mail pile up! Call the post office
to stop delivery or have a neighbor pick it up.
Make a list of your valuables---VCR's, stereos, computers, jewelry.
Take photo's of the items, list their serial numbers and descriptions.
Check with law enforcement about engraving your valuables through
One of the best investments you can make is an alarm, especially if you
have many valuables in your home, or live in an isolated area or an area
with a history of break-ins. Here are some suggestions to get you
Check with several companies before you buy so you can decide what
level of security fits your needs. Do business with an established
company and check references before signing a contract.
Learn how to use your system properly! Don't "cry wolf" by setting of
false alarms. People will stop paying attention and you'll probably be
Some less expensive options...a sound detecting socket that plugs
into a light fixture and make the light flash when it detects certain
noises, lights with photo cells that turn on when it's dark and off when
Burglars Do More Than
Burglars can and do commit rapes, and assaults if they are surprised by
someone coming home or pick a home that is occupied. The following tips
could save your life.
If something looks questionable--a slit screen, broken window, or an
open door---DON'T GO IN--. Call the police from a neighbors house or a
At night, if you think you hear someone breaking in, leave if you
can, then call police. If you can't leave, lock yourself in a room with
a phone and call police. The hardest one is if you feel an intruder is
in your room, pretend you are asleep, wait till they are gone, and then
Guns are responsible for many accidental deaths in the home every
year. Think carefully before buying a gun. If you do own one, learn how
to store and use it safely. Above all keep them in a secure place away
WHAT CAN WE ALL DO TO
Well, we're glad you asked. Here are some suggestions on what you can
do to help prevent crime in your home and your neighborhood.
Join a Neighborhood Watch group. If one does not
exist, start it up with help from your local law enforcement.
Never leave a message on your answering machine
that indicates you may be away from home.
Rather than saying : "I'm not at home right now,"
say "I'm not available right now."
Work with neighbors and local government to organize community
clean-ups. The cleaner your neighborhood, the less attractive it is to
Remember Home Security is up to you. INVEST IN IT NOW!